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Devastating

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2007

This anti-Huckabee video is really uncomfortable to watch. I actually cringed when I first saw it. Despite serious reservations however, I decided to post the video because the subject matter is important, relevant to the upcoming campaign, and something Huckabee will have to address this issue head on if he is our nominee.

May God comfort Lois Davidson.

Hat tip: Hot Air , which has a great discussion regarding context. Unfortunately, context is something that will be sorely lacking in MSM coverage of this story.

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The Iowa Debates: The Democrats

Posted by Ryan on December 13, 2007

I was really disappointed.  I missed the Democrat debate today, including having my students check out the candidates and caucus once again for the class winner.  They were looking forward to it too, but two events intervened:  the Mitchell Report coverage and the ice storm affecting New Jersey today.  Yet, when I made a quick list of the Democrat candidates for discussion instead, there was an almost instinctive hiss when I wrote She Who Must Not Be Named’s real name on the board.  My class self-identifies themselves as Democrats nearly 9 to 1!!!  I told them to go home, watch the debate themselves (since there’s not much they can do in an ice storm) and really listen to what the candidates have to say despite the prejudices.  About SWMNBN I even said, “Who knows, you may actually like what she as to say.” 

Other bloggers watched the debate and had a few things to say about it.  But really, what hasn’t been said yet in the Democrat debates?  Bush is bad, raise taxes on “the rich” and “big corporations,” SWMNBN wants to appoint a commission (I hear it’ll even be “blue ribbon!”), the frontrunners trying to out fox each other, blah, blah, blah.  I love how quickly the Dems rush to spend the people’s money with more passion than anything else, plan to ruin our national security infrastructure at home and abroad, incessantly attack someone (Dubya) who’s not even running as if he’s running, and finally ruin my health care system (one that they’ll never use since they’ll have their own hospitals and special care centers away from the unwashed riff-raff for whom they claim to speak).  Apparently, O’Bama zinged SWMNBN over an hour into the debate.  It’s nice to see someone else running on their side for a change. 

AP photo.

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Baseball’s Steroids Era

Posted by Ryan on December 13, 2007

On March 30, 2006, Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell was asked by Baseball Commissioner Bug Selig to investigate steroids use in Major League BaseballThe Mitchell Report (pdf) was in today and shock reigns throughout the land: 75 high-profile baseball players were linked to performance-enhancing drug use.  This report is being spun as the worst baseball scandal since the infamous “Black Sox Scandal of 1919.”

Among the high-profile current and former players identified in the report were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettitte, Jason and Jeremy Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Mo Vaughn, Chuck Knoblauch, and many others.

Mitchell concluded from his investigation that:

  1. Steroids use was widespread and the League should have done more and moved faster in dealing with this problem.
  2. The few Major Leaguers involved with this use were breaking the law.
  3. There was a culture in Baseball that made this activity easier to engage in from the Commissioners to the players to the Players Association to the club officials.
  4. We can all learn from this and move on in a positive way, making the approproate changes and alterations.

Mitchell also advocated not punishing all the players named in the report unless they behaved with particular negligence.  Mitchell also happens to be the director of the Boston Red Sox.  Conflict of interest?  How many Red Sox players were identified?  Either way this report is sending shockwaves throughout the sports world as America’s pastime takes a major hit to its reputation and integrity today. 

AP photo.

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